Ahura Mazda


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Ahura Mazda/Ahriman

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Ahura Mazda is the Zoroastrian high god of light. According to tradition, he is using humankind to defeat Ahriman, or Angra Mainyu, the devil figure of darkness, who has come to Earth to tempt humans away from the light. A battle of light and darkness, good and evil, is being waged that will end at the last judgment, when light will triumph and a new, purified Earth will enter into its prophesied eternal age of destiny.

Ahura Mazda

 

the supreme god in a number of ancient and early medieval Iranian religions in Southwest and Middle Asia, as well as in the ancient Armenian pantheon, some syncretic Hellenistic cults, and so forth. Today Ahura Mazda is still recognized by the Parsees and the Gabars. In the ancient Persian religion the supreme (but not the sole) god Ahura Mazda was the creator of the sky, the earth, and man, and also the protector of the king and the guarantor of public law and order. In the Gathas by Zarathustra, Ahura Mazda is a single god with the functions of the principal ancient gods, and in the Young Avesta he is the head of a new pantheon of gods. With the development of dualistic notions about the age-old struggle between the principles of good and evil, Ahura Mazda came to be associated with good, in opposition to Angra Mainyu. The modern Zoroas-trians, the Parsees, recognize only the one good god Ahura Mazda (Ormazd) and understand Angra Mainyu (Ahriman) to be essentially only a symbol of the evil tendencies in man.

E. A. GRANTOVSKII

Ahura Mazda

(Ormuzd, Ormazd) the spirit of good and creator of all things. [Zoroastrianism: Payton, 11]
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The writer in her explanation of the source of evil maintains that it is the devil spirit of Ahriman who also was uncreated and used his formidable power to oppose Ahura Mazda.
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Here, after a pair of riddling rhetorical questions in traditional Indo-Iranian style, (21) Zarathustra himself makes direct appeal to Ahura Mazda "to protect your drigu .
Royal inscriptions prove the investiture of Artaxerxes II by Anahita, alongside Ahura Mazda and Mithra.
His equivalence with Ahura Mazda and the unique lordship of this latter god both point to the idea that the concept of a single lord of the gods also existed as well in the underlying Indo-Iranian religion.
125) Although they are not located within a temple, it is hard to imagine that these elaborate scenes of divine investiture by fully anthropomorphic Ahura Mazda, Anahita, and Mithra are "secular" art entirely deprived of any cubic significance.
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When he left home to seek Ahura Mazda, Lord of Light and Wisdom, all Zarathustra wanted from his priestly father, Porushaspa, as his share of property, was the sacred cord his father wore as a girdle.
In Samarkand, they built temples to the Iranian god Ahura Mazda and others, and they portrayed Zoroastrian ceremonies on the walls of their houses.
It was through these qualities, known as Amesha Spentas, that Ahura Mazda was believed to make his presence known to man.
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